Ellie’s Story . . .
Ellie Van Houtte is a skilled photographer and creative communications professional.
Dedicated to connecting communities across the globe together through cultural and political diplomacy, Ellie’s experiences range from documenting social institutions in India, to working with non-profit housing, social justice, and youth organizations in Washington, DC, and even serving as a citizen diplomat on climate change, diplomacy, women’s rights and international affairs. Her compelling portfolio of portraits from South-East Asia was recognized as a Lucie Foundation Scholarship Finalist in 2010.
Ellie hopes to continue to inspire advocacy of critical social, political and environmental issues through photojournalism and collaboration with non-profit organizations. Five years from now, Ellie envisions herself working in the field for media and non-profit organizations to provide visual imagery that inspires people to resolve critical humanitarian issues. Additionally, she hopes to utilize her background in political and issues organizing to benefit international organizations through event planning, strategic project management, and creative communications and outreach.
ONLINE WORK SAMPLES
•UN Chronicle, Issue No. 3, 2010: Picturing Equality
•CNN.com: Great Rivers of the World (Photo #10 in Slideshow)
•NoLimits Foundation: Better Future For Children and Ending Violence Against Women
•Discovery News: Tech News
•The Atlantic: Politics Feature
•The Michigan Messenger: Financial Crisis Hits Home in Detroit
•Reynold’s Center Business Journalism.org: Food Prices
•2010 Photography Gala Awards Storyteller Contest, Finalist
•2010 Lucie Foundation Scholarship Finalist
•2010 UN Chronicle “Picture Education! Photo Contest” Winner
•2010 Photographer’s Forum 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest Finalist
•2010 Kohne’s Camera Contest First Prize Winner
•2005 Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Service in theDepartment of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University
•Design and Photo Editing Skills in Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign
•Non-Profit & Political Campaign Expertise
•Creative Skills as a trained architect and artist
•Diplomacy & Intercultural Communications
-Basic language fluency in Bengali, Hindi and Nepali
•Travel Experience in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, and across Europe
Follow Ellie’s recent work on her Eyes Wide Open Blog and at Her Story Wins.